Biositemap Editor Help


Internet Explorer Configuration

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IMPORTANT: Internet Explorer users must enable file downloads prior to using the Biositemap Editor as follows:

  1. Select "Tools"
  2. Select "Internet Options"
  3. Select "Security" tab, then select "Custom Level"
  4. Scroll down to the "Downloads" section, select "Enable" for "Automatic prompting for file downloads"
  5. Click "Ok", select "Yes" to confirm that you want to make the change, and then click "Ok" again

The following video demonstrates the above steps:


Biositemap Editor Tutorial

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The Biositemaps Editor provides an authoring web interface to fill in the information about the resources on your site and generate a biositemap.rdf file.

  1. Important: Internet Explorer users must first configure their browser.
  2. First time users should select the Create a new biositemap option. If you are editing an existing biositemap, then select the Load biositemap from a URL option.
  3. When the editor opens, type in the Resource Name and then enter properties as appropriate on the screen.
    At a minimum, we would like you to include the following properties of each resource (i) Type in the ‘Organization’ and ‘Center’ that produced the resource, (iii) Enter a ‘Research Program’ title as appropriate, (iv) type in any free text as appropriate in the Description box, (v) select 'Change Existing' or ‘Add new’ to select terms from the controlled vocabularies for ‘Resource Type’, ‘Related Areas of Research’, and ‘Related Activities’ (note that you can chose multiple entries for each of these categories), (vi) For the ‘Biositemap Author’ property type your name.
    The Information Model provides additional guidance on what to fill in for each property.
    Please note that on most computer screens in order to access all the properties you will need to use the scrollbar on the right hand side.
  4. Add additional resources, as appropriate (click on the Copy button on the bottom left hand side of the screen to reuse your organization information).
  5. When you have finished, click the Download button, and a compressed version of the biositemap will be downloaded to your local computer. Please unzip and rename your file according to the convention biositemap_[YourOrganizationName].rdf, where [YourOrganizationName] could be a short acronym such as for UUBD for Upstate University Biochemistry Department.
  6. You may now (re)deploy your biositemap.

The following video demonstrates the above steps:


Deploying Biositemaps

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The biositemaps file should be deployed to your local web server with the help of your local IT or System Administrator. The following instructions should help guide the IT administrator:

  • If you downloaded your biositemap after editing with the Biositemap Editor, you must first uncompress (unzip) prior to deployment.
  • It is best if the biositemaps file is publicly accessible in the root directory of your web site. Any web server technology (IIS, Apache, etc) is acceptable. The only requirement is that the web server technology accepts an HTTP request (i.e., not ftp or HTTPS). Please use whatever web server technology is typically deployed at your institution.
  • Ensure that your web server is properly configured to serve RDF files. Typically, a web server requires you to register the MIME type definition for the .rdf extension. The following website provides an explanation of the MIME type associated with RDF files: http://www.aaronsw.com/2002/rdf-mediatype.html#anchor3.
  • The URL of the deployed biositemap file will be needed to publish the biositemap, for example: http://www.myinsitution.edu/biositemap_[YourOrganizationName].rdf.
  • The curator of the biositemap file will need permission to periodically modify the biositemap file, in order to add, delete, or update biositemap resources.

Publishing Biositemaps

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Biositemaps need only be published once, and may be freely updated after their initial publication.

The Biositemap Registration application allows you to publish your biositemap in a centrally located biositemap registry. The registry is publicly accessible and is leveraged by biositemaps applications to discover and query your biositemap resources.

Biositemaps must be deployed to a public web server prior to publishing. Deploying to a public web server is not the same as saving to your local computer. You must contact your local System or IT Administrator for instructions on how to deploy.